Friday, January 29, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
8. Most "memorable" place Anne: Tough one, it was all so memorable, but I'll provide specifics. Rex Hotel Rooftop, Saigon, Vietnam Bamboo Forest, outside Kyoto, Japan Ha Long Bay, Vietnam Emperor Tu Duc's compound, Hue, Vietnam Hammocks and midnight swims in Phu Quoc, Vietnam Bangkok night markets Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang, Malaysia Taipusam Hindu Celebration at the Batu Caves, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia The Living Galleries and Lau Pa Sat Food Court, Singapore Terraced Rice Fields, Bali The Gap Park and Sydney Harbor, Sydney, Australia Mike: Rex Hotel, New Year's Eve 9. Any place you feel you had too much time? Anne:
That was the beauty of having 4 months to travel. We had a general agenda, but came and went as we pleased. If we like one particular place we'd stay longer if we didn't we'd leave. So no, I don't feel like we spent too much time in any one place, sure, there were places we didn't like, but we would decide that and leave. Mike: Kuta Beach, Bali 10. Any place you didn't have enough time in Anne:Japan! Mike: Japan
11. Must have travel item Anne: Silk sleep sacks we bought in Hoi An, Vietnam - priceless! Mike: Good walking shoes, laptop computer, insect repellent, sunscreen and sunglasses 12. Items that were a waste of space? Anne:In the end we may have carried around more meds and first aid items than we needed, but the peace of mind was worth it. Clothes would be my space waster. There were items I didn't even wear or only wore once. Mike: Sigg water bottles 13. Favorite Souvenir? Anne: My buddha I purchased at the Saigon Souvenir Shop on Dong Khaoi Street. He makes me smile everyday. Mike: A Fiancee 14. What did you learn about travel Anne: You may not appreciate some place while you're there, but you will definitely after you've left. Mike: Every occurrence is an unexpected, unpredictable, incontrollable and inspiring moment. And People are people are people are people 15. What did you learn about yourself? Anne: I'm a luxury traveler with low carbon footprint ideals Mike: I can adapt to anything 16. Suggestions for an extended trip? Anne: SE Asia - it's exotic, mesmerizing, funny, inexpensive, innocent and raw. If you don't have 4 months, it's easy to break up. We want to do Hong Kong and Taiwan someday soon. Or major cities in Vietnam, Phnom Penh and Bangkok. Or Southern Thailand beaches, Penang, Perhentian Islands, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Indonesia is an extended trip in and of itself starting with Jakarta, the island of Java and the world's largest buddhist temple at Borobudur, the islands of Sumatra, Sulawesi and Flores to see the Kimodo Dragons! Mike: Be prepared for the unexpected 17. If you could live anywhere for year, where? Anne: Saigon, Vietnam; Sydeny, Australia; Singapore; Honolulu, Hawaii; New York City; Southern France; London, England Mike: Japan 18. Most inspiring culinary place you've visited? Anne: New York City; Saigon, Vietnam; Japan Mike: Vietnam 19. Least inspiring Anne: Beiing, China; Thailand Mike: Thailand 20. Next Trip? Anne & Mike: Vietnam for Tet New Year! Good bye Year of the Ox (both of our zodiac year) and Hello Year of the Tiger!
So if there are any questions about our travels you'd like to ask please feel free, we'd love to answer them for you!
Friday, January 22, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
This was the Sunday before St. Patrick's Day, which fell on a Tuesday in 2009, which proved that universally St. Patrick's Day is another reason to simply drink and do so all day long on Sunday because we all can't party on a weekday. Although numerous bars in the Rocks neighborhood was packed on St. Patrick's Day as well.
What we didn't anticipate was how much St. Patrick Day celebrating was going to disrupt our plans to partake in a traditional English roast beef and yorkshire pudding dinner, done only on Sundays, at a local pub we had enjoyed beers at earlier in the week. We arrived at the pub to a crush of people wearing bright shades of green. But that didn't stop us from enjoying our dinner plans and found a corner spot at the bar, where we captured the chaos the best we could.We ordered our outstanding roast beef and yorkshire pudding and a guiness stew. Both were heavy, salty, and exactly what we were hoping for. Besides the big chunks of carrots that came with the roast beef dinner, peas were the only vegetable. And of course there was lots of potatoes and gravy! After our meal we felt we did St. Patrick's Day justice - our way, with traditional food and beer.